Category Archives: Tech/Biz

The ESA 500: fostering start-up companies to use space technology on Earth

Thousands of new jobs and boosted local economies are the direct results from ESA’s investment in young companies through its business incubation centres, which have now hosted more than 500 start-ups.

Robotic system monitors specific neurons

Success rate is comparable to that of highly trained scientists performing the process manually. CAMBRIDGE, MA — Recording electrical signals from inside a neuron in the living brain can reveal…

New robot rolls with the rules of pedestrian conduct

Approach may enable robots to move around hospitals, malls, and other areas with heavy foot traffic. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Just as drivers observe the rules of the road, most pedestrians follow…

Technique enables printable and rewritable color images

HOUSTON — A chemical process that allows color images to be printed on specially coated paper and then erased so that different images can be printed on the same paper…

Tiny terahertz laser could be used for imaging, chemical detection

New design boosts the power output of the best-performing chip-scale terahertz laser by 80 percent. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Terahertz radiation — the band of the electromagnetic spectrum between microwaves and visible…

Designing the microstructure of printed objects

Software lets designers exploit the extremely high resolution of 3-D printers. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Today’s 3-D printers have a resolution of 600 dots per inch, which means that they could pack…

From battery waste to electrochemical sensor

Multiplex detection of antioxidants / food additives / preservatives in food samples is possible using our newly developed graphite-based nanocomposite electrochemical sensor from used alkaline battery. The chemical sensor not…

Giving robots a sense of touch

GelSight technology lets robots gauge objects’ hardness and manipulate small tools. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Eight years ago, Ted Adelson’s research group at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) unveiled…

Transparent metal touchscreens

Roll-to-roll printing of a conductive metal ink offers an inexpensive, high performance alternative to today’s touchscreen technology. A touchscreen is an essential feature of many modern devices, but the material…

Materials bend as they “breathe” under high temperatures

Mechanical actuators developed by MIT team expand and contract as they let oxygen in and out. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Carrying out maintenance tasks inside a nuclear plant puts severe strains…